Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 2
UPDATE: Incumbent Jane Lumm defeated Democrat Jared Hoffert on Nov. 7, 2017. Lumm received 64.04% of votes, compared to 35.69% for Hoffert. Turnout in Ward 2 was 22.91%. Click here for detailed results of the Ward 2 election.
Jane Lumm, an independent, is a current Ward 2 representative on Ann Arbor City Council. She will face Jared Hoffert, a Democrat, in the Nov. 7 general election.
Lumm has served unaffiliated with any political party on the Ann Arbor City Council since November 2011. A former Republican Councilmember from November 1993 to November 1997, Lumm was elected as an independent candidate in 2011 by defeating incumbent Stephen Rapundalo, a former Republican who had run as a Democrat since 2005.
Lumm was re-elected as an independent in November 2013, beating Democratic Party nominee Kirk Westphal and independent Conrad Brown (a member of the Mixed Use Party). She defeated former Councilmember Sally Petersen, a Democrat, in 2015.
During her tenure on council, Lumm has sponsored or co-sponsored nearly 100 resolutions and ordinances. This year, the resolutions she has co-sponsored include supporting increased penalties for speeding in school zones (passed) and installing a flashing light on Fuller Road at the crosswalk near Huron High School and the Gallup Park entrance (passed). She voted against the sale of development rights on the downtown Library Lot and in support of the city's deer management plan.
She describes her priorities on her campaign website under the categories of proactive leadership in addressing 2nd Ward issues, fiscal responsibility, transparency, responsible growth, and infrastructure investment with basic services as spending priorities.
Her service on council includes appointments to nine advisory boards and commissions, including the council's Audit Committee, Budget & Labor Committee, Administration Committee, Liquor License Review Committee, and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Partnerships Committee.
After her service on the Ann Arbor City Council from 1993 to 1998 Lumm ran for mayor as a Republican in the 2004 election, losing to incumbent Democrat John Hieftje. In 1998 she ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for the Michigan House of Representatives in 52nd District seat.
Over the years Lumm has served on the boards of a variety of community and nonprofit organizations, including the Ann Arbor Art Center, Arbor Hospice & Arbor Hospice Foundation, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Washtenaw Literacy, American Cancer Society of Washtenaw County, Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee (1998 – August 2011), and the Ann Arbor Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee.
She is married to John Lumm, former Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents. He retired in 2014. They live near the Huron Hills Golf Course on Ann Arbor's east side.
Lumm's campaign treasurer is Patty Aldrich.
Disclosure: Former Ann Arbor mayor Ingrid Sheldon serves as honorary chair of Lumm's campaign committee. Sheldon is a board member of The CivCity Initiative, a nonprofit that runs Ann Arbor Votes. Sheldon is not involved in the production or operation of Ann Arbor Votes.
Jane Lumm: In The News
Vote for City Council (endorsement editorial) – Michigan Daily, Nov. 5, 2017
City Council candidates look to Tuesday's general election – Michigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2017
Tens of thousands of dollars raised, spent in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, Oct. 30, 2017
$81M train station an issue in Ann Arbor's Ward 2 council race – MLive, Oct. 9, 2017
Candidate Comment (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 6, 2017
Ward 2 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (Video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 5, 2017
Mayor's camp could lose 'supermajority' on Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, Aug. 9, 2017
Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 on how it'd use millions in new tax money – MLive, July 4, 2017
Ann Arbor budget debate pits deer cull against pedestrian safety – MLive, May 16, 2017
City Council's new budget does not fund hiring of additional police officers – Michigan Daily, May 16, 2017
'This will be it for me,' says Ann Arbor council member seeking final term – MLive, April 17, 2017
Ann Arbor City Council votes to sell Library Lot – Michigan Daily, April 17, 2017
Jane Lumm making final run for Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, April 28, 2015
Q&A with Jane Lumm on being back on City Council: 'I do think it's quite a bit different now' – AnnArbor.com, June 27, 2012